Basic terms used in data mode communication

When making contacts using a data modes the following terms are used, this is what they mean:

  • K = Over (invitation for anybody to respond)
  • KN = Over (and only the station addressed should respond)
  • SK = You’ve finished transmitting to the other station, the end of the contact
  • BTU = Back to You
  • TNX = Thanks
  • PSE = Please
  • OM = Old Man (used to refer to any male operator

Other terms

  •  EQSL = A website used to log contacts (www.eqsl.com)
  •  QRZ = A website used to share operator information (www.qrz.com)

Common data mode macro examples

Here are some basic examples of data mode macros. Feel free to use these as they are, or modify them to suit your own style:

Calling CQ

CQ CQ CQ de <my:callsign> <my:callsign> <my:callsign>

CQ CQ CQ de <my:callsign> <my:callsign> <my:callsign>

pse k<stop>

Somebody answers your CQ call

Hello <his:callsign> de <my:callsign>

Thank you for answering my call <his:callsign>

My name is <my:name>

How do I copy?

pse kn<stop>

Answer a CQ call

<his:callsign> <his:callsign> this is <my:callsign> <my:callsign>

pse kn<stop>

My report?

How do I copy? BTU <his:name>, <his:callsign> de <my:callsign>

pse kn<stop>

Reply to the other station, send report, name and QTH

<his:callsign> de <my:callsign>

Hello <his:name>, RST : 59 59 Name : <my:name> <my:name>

QTH: <my:qth> <my:qth>

Loc: <my:locator> <my:locator>

Operator: Age [my:age] licenced 2002

btu <his:callsign> de <my:callsign> kn<stop>

My Station

<his:callsign> de <my:callsign>

<his:name>, my station

Radio: <my:radio>, <my:power> Watts

Software: <my:program>

Antenna: <my:antenna>

btu <his:callsign> de <my:callsign>

kn<stop>

Final closing #1

<his:callsign> de <my:callsign>

Thanks for this <my:mode> QSO on <his:band> <his:name>

My best wishes to you and your family from <my:qth>, UK...Good DX!

QSL is OK via eQSL.

<his:callsign> <his:name> de <my:callsign>  <my:name> UK ... info QRZ.com 73! bye bye

sk<stop>

Final closing #2

<his:callsign> de <my:callsign>

73 <his:name> thanks for this <my:mode> QSO on <his:band>

Great DX in <year>

<my:callsign> <my:name> de <his:callsign>  

<his:name> many 73's :-) bye bye

sk...<stop>